So I wanted to talk a little bit about the Altaee family today. We knocked on this family's door about 4 weeks ago and they let us right in without hesitation. We taught a little bit but there is a big language barrier because they are from Iraq and they speak Arabic, but the Father (about 50 years old) converted to Christianity when he was 13 and was persecuted for it up until he and his family moved here 4 years ago. But regardless of this language barrier we continued to teach this family about Christ and His gospel which they have so anxiously waited for all these years that they have been following Christ as best they can. Their daughter Rasha (14 years Old) even came to the fireside that i talked about last week. And then we had a lesson with the familyand had them read in their Arabic Book of Mormon the words in Mosiah 18:7-10 and invited them to be baptized. They accepted the invitation with Joy and Praise to God. This was a huge testimony to me of God's power and also of the Book of Mormon. These people hear little of what we say, but when they feel the spirit of God in their hearts they act, and when we read in the book of mormon I had no idea what they were saying in Arabic but I knew they were reading the word of God and they felt His spirit telling them the words are true. They felt that baptism was something God wants them to do. I am so grateful that we have the word of God in so many different languages so that no matter who we are or where we live or where we are from we can still feel the spirit of the scriptures in our lives which invites us to become better and take the next steps to come closer to Christ.
This week I was thinking a lot about what the Lord expects of me and what I am meant to do next, and the Book of Mormon can help us know what the next steps are. So I turned to the scriptures and I started to realize that sometimes the Lord just expects us to keep going. He just needs us to keep being strong, keep fighting temptation to do less, and stay faithful in our everyday lives. We all have little things in our lives where we know we are falling short, and when we have a moment in our lives where God isn't giving us some massive load to handle, then maybe we should simply focus on those little things that we haven't quite overcome in our lives or maybe the things that we haven't wanted to overcome. God doesn't always expect us to perform miracles but He always wants us to be worthy and ready to do so. So what do we need to do in our daily lives to lay the groundwork for a future miracle to occur?
I love you all!
Love, Elder Cluff